Winter 2016: Modern Literature of South Asia
This course introduces the modern literature of South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc.) from the eighteenth century to the present. We will read a selection of short stories, novels, and poetry drawn from the diverse literary traditions of the region. Major readings include The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, Umrao Jan Ada, a novel about a nineteenth-century courtesan, short stories by a variety of authors, and ghazal poetry. All works will be read in English translation. At the end of the course we will have a class musha'irah (poetry recitation), in which students will present their own original English ghazals.